Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
In recent years the Twin Cities has been one of the communities that our immigrant populations have chosen to live in and raise their families. Thousands of new immigrants have made their way to our state borders, while constant changes to immigration policy have made it an increasingly politicized issue.
Our immigrant community members are coming due to a multitude of reasons such as the civil unrest and violence in their countries, corruption of power, unsafe communities, persistent poverty and lack of economic opportunities. Many immigrants are looking for ways to provide a better life for their families.
Minnesota and particularly the Twin Cities has always been promoted as a community that believes in “social justice.” We have always provided social services for those in need including our immigrants. Before COVID-19, the state provided funding to our YMCA to increase the level of services and supports for our immigrant communities within the “New American Welcome Centers.”
The New American Welcome Centers created several years ago provide specialized support and resources for our new immigrant populations. The services include social services, employment referrals, medical assistance and more. As a socially responsible organization, the Y of the North will continue to promote social justice and serve our most vulnerable populations. We have expanded our services due to additional state funding.
There is an opportunity for all of us to get more educated and enlightened together through listening and learning on how to create better workplaces where all can thrive including new immigrant populations. The YMCA Equity Innovation Center is here for you to intentionally engage you in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills.
Enjoy Enlightening Videos
Learn more about how Hmong textiles tell the story of vibrant culture. Hmong textile researcher and scholar Pachia Lucy Vang of Sacramento met at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum with Hmong International Culture Institute Executive Director Wang Seng Thao of Stockton and his wife, Plia Yang, to shed light on the some of the fascinating stories behind the textiles on exhibit in “Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America,” a traveling Exhibits USA show.
Read Noteworthy Books
Explore hidden biases that we all carry from a lifetime of experiences with social groups – age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, or nationality in the book Blind Spot Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald.
Strengthen Our Community Together
With your support, the Y is making an impact right now for you and your neighbors. See the many ways in which we are making a difference.
A Practical Way to Help the Homeless Find Work and Safety
Watch A Practical Way to Help the Homeless Find Work and Safety. When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read "Want a job," he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep -- and the results were incredible. Find out how your city can replicate Albuquerque's model with this frank and optimistic talk.
Explore Organizations Increasing Equity and Becoming More Inclusive
Learn more about the City of Burnsville's very diverse, vibrant community and how they committed to providing services and approaching their work with an equity lens and being as responsive and open as they can to serving the community.